In a 2017 biofilm, British author Charles Dickens was hailed as “the man who invented Christmas.” Dickens did not invent the holiday, per se, but his most famous literary work definitely changed the way Christmas is celebrated. A Christmas Carol requires that readers ask why Christmas is celebrated and encourages readers to reflect on their own lives. There are multiple screen and stage adaptations of the novella that Dickens composed six weeks before Christmas and published on December 19, 1843. Dickens was financially strapped at the time and was writing the holiday pamphlet just to pay the bills. There was no way he could have known that 175 years later, the story written to provide for his family would be a treasured, beloved tale for the ages and the phrase first printed in those pages have become our favorite wish for the season, “Merry Christmas to us all.”
A Christmas Carol is written with vivid language and includes lively characters that are relatable to the readers. It tells the story of the rich, exposes the plight of the poor and provides a timeless message of hope amidst difficult circumstances. Here are five wonderful lessons from the Dickens classic.
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